I have just posted elsewhere that it is time to amend the Constitution to include an explicit right to privacy. In short, I argue that we need it because the government has become too intrusive and the Supreme Court too unwilling to interpret the intent of the Constitution; and we should do it now because it encapsulates a positive Democratic stand on issues the public agrees with us on (wiretapping, abortion, end-of-life rights, and -- though less popular -- gay marriage) as we go into the midterm elections.
There are problems with the idea, and with my argument. I'm interested in hearing from you about them. But what I'm most interested in, here, is putting those problems aside for the moment and asking: If we were to write a Privacy Amendment, what would it even say?
I have a few rough ideas. It should protect the individual's right to associate, to raise a family, and to make medical decisions without government monitoring or interference. I think that would be a big first step to protecting us from unitary-executive wiretapping, anti-gay partnership laws, and abortion and assisted suicide restrictions.
But I know I'm naive about this topic. I'm sure I'm leaving some rights out -- there must be more to privacy than that. And I'm sure the few I'm proposing will have unintended consequences. Would it mean people can smoke pot legally in their home? What about cocaine? Would it keep the IRS from requiring home businesses to report their income?
Educate me a little. What is the right to privacy, to you, anyway?